WENHAM, MA — Flu season is coming in close and the Wenham Board of Health is encouraging residents to get their flu shots — its especially important this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a threat to public health.
A drive-through flu clinic will open next week on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. by appointment only. The clinic will be held at Buker Elementary School, at 1 School St.
The clinic is open to all residents age 4 and older. The flu vaccine will available in the injectable form, except for a limited number of pediatric nasal spray doses for children. A higher dose vaccine will be available for those age 65 and older, as well as pediatric doses, pediatric nasal sprays, adult doses as well as a few preservative free adult doses.
“Reducing the spread of communicable diseases like the flu will help to reduce the strain on our healthcare systems as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Town Administrator Anthony Ansaldi.
The clinic will be drive-through only and residents must make an appointment ahead of time. Requests for appointments can be made online through a Google Form here or by calling the Wenham Board of Health at 978-468-5520 ext. 4.
Insurance paperwork and consent forms can be found here, and are required to be submitted ahead of time to the Board of Health at Town Hall, 138 Main St., when the building is open or dropped in the secure drop box outside Town Hall in a sealed envelope. Consent forms and insurance information cannot be emailed. Residents are asked to bring all insurance and Medicare cards with them to the clinic.
Residents are asked to wear a short-sleeved or loose fitting shirt. A face mask or covering will be required. Shots will be administered at the car window and as such, residents are asked to only have four passengers per vehicle and this will be confirmed upon booking.
Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
This article originally appeared on the Hamilton-Wenham Patch